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Meet the Team


Carrie Scrimshire, Executive Director

Carrie Scrimshire is the Executive Director of Gilead House in Novato, a fundamental program to inspire hope and empower homeless single moms and their children toward financial stability and independence.  Carrie’s professional goal is to take Gilead House to the next level in the housing of families, both in increasing the number of locations and furthering education. She is an avid learner and believes every single person benefits by education and continuous learning.

Personally, Carrie loves to cook. Her passion is expanding her knowledge of healthy, fusion-style cooking with multi-cultural dishes such as French, Mexican, Spanish, Thai, Peruvian, Greek and Indian. No challenge is too difficult for her.   She also loves animals. Saint Francis is her favorite saint because he looks out for and protects animals. One of her long-term goals is to design an animal sanctuary where abused and neglected animals can live out their days in a loving peaceful environment.  A random fun fact about Carrie is she flew a small plane over two Hawaiian islands (Maui and Lanai) with no flight experience whatsoever.

She loves people, laughter, hard work and has a great sense of humor. Her personality is magnetic and she always finds the good in everyone.


BELLA FRANZI, Operations Manager

Bella Franzi is the Operations Manager of Gilead House. Bella was born and raised in Santa Cruz - Bolivia. She pursued her accounting license at the Private University of Santa Cruz de La Sierra, and then continued to advance her communications and license through classes at the University of Alicante in Spain. Her passion for traveling, exploring new cultures and environments strived her to live in multiple countries around the world. Settling her roots in California, she achieved over 10 years of management experience alongside many connections.

Bella and her husband enjoy watching their older son play Water Polo and with the new edition to the family, they also enjoy viewing their baby boy grows up. She loves outdoor sports and hiking with her dog, something that she hopes to continue doing once her baby gets older.

Through her experience and worth ethic, Bella looks forward to applying her knowledge and support towards the families at Gilead House.


CARLY HOJ, Development Manager

Carly Hoj has been part of the Gilead House family for nearly 15 years when she started babysitting GH kids in Highschool. It was her love for Gilead House that inspired her to get her degree in Sociology in the hopes that she could leverage her skills to serve the under served in Marin County. Many years later, in 2017, Carly returned to Gilead House in an administrative support position that eventually evolved to the Development Manager position that she now holds. As part of Development team, Carly works diligently to further donor support, volunteer engagement, and engage in local church partnerships.

On the weekends, Carly can often be found hiking, enjoying the beach, and serving as a worship leader at Marin Covenant Church.

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Tracy brings over 35 years of expertise from the pharma/biotechnology sector drawing expertise from roles in global project management & drug development, marketing, and leadership development.  In addition to Gilead House, Tracy is actively engaged with Guide Dogs for the Blind for which she socializes puppies and alongside her husband, David Grubb Jr., and their four daughters, are custodial parents for breeder Golden Retriever, Alfred. 


Her journey toward nonprofit work was inspired by her passion to engage and build sustainable corporate, foundation, and individual partnerships essential in a thriving community with opportunities for all. 


In her spare time, Tracy studies healing harp in San Francisco and cheering on her beloved Patriots and Red Sox.


MICHELE PARSLEY, Vice President and Chair of the Governance Committee

Michelle is a Marin County native who is a business owner, volunteers in the community, and has a heart for the moms and kids of Gilead House. Youth ministry has been a passion for Michelle for over 25 years leading her in her college studies to North Park College in Chicago and getting a Master’s in Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary. She furthered her studies and earned a Master’s of Education at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Since returning to Marin, Michelle has remained involved in youth ministry, the local church community, and growing two small businesses. You can often find Michelle in the kitchen exploring her passion for food, cooking, and sharing a meal with family and friends. Enjoying time with her 3 nieces is always a highlight in Michelle’s week. As a former Family Advocate for Gilead House, Michelle brings a unique perspective to the board and shares her passion for moms and kids to find the Hope that changes lives at Gilead House.


MIKE SMYLIE, Treasurer

Mike has worked as an environmental consultant for over 40 years.  After retiring, Mike committed himself to community service and volunteer activities. Mike volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center, the world’s largest marine mammal rehabilitation and research center.  He also helps coach the boys' basketball team at Hamilton Middle School.  In addition, Mike has served as the president and board chair of San Francisco Nature Education, which provides interactive environmental education programs that develop leadership and stewardship in underprivileged youth in San Francisco.  


Mike and his wife Beth have lived in Marin County for almost 35 years.



Keeley is a professional singer/songwriter, musician, and teacher as well as a proud Novato native. Before returning home ten years ago, she lived in Nashville and Los Angeles, where she attended Vanderbilt University and Musician’s Institute and released several independent records. Some highlights include performing at the Shoreline Amphitheater with the Zac Brown Band and seeing her original songs reach over 14 million listens on Spotify.  


Keeley is owner/operator of 101 North Music and teaches piano and guitar out of her studio space in downtown Novato. She also volunteers as a coordinator for Children of Strength, a non-profit that empowers orphans living in Kenya, and is an active board member for the Rossi Family Foundation.  She is a member of the worship team at Hillside Church in Corte Madera and spends her days raising two beautiful kids, Henry (2.5) and Mary Lou (5 months), with her sweet husband Jeremy.



Betty lives in Marin County and is a working Mom with a daughter in elementary school. Professionally she is a Managing Director for Principal Financial Group®

Betty grew up in Sacramento and matriculated at UC Berkeley where she was a leader in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. After graduating she continued to serve her alma mater as a board member of the California Alumni Association. She belongs to several organizations that support the growth of women in business and volunteerism in the community. When not working she enjoys all that Marin County has to offer including live performances, easy access to skiing, great schools and a sense of community.



Mike was born in Marin County as the youngest of 8 children in 9 1/2 years.  He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Marin Catholic High School. He graduated from Chico State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and started working with two of his brothers in construction where he still works today.  The company’s name is Schalich Brothers Construction Inc.


Mike married his high school sweetheart, Grace Barry, and has three wonderful children, Marion (Mimi) 30 years old, Austin 28 years old, and James 26 years old.  As his children grew, he volunteered his time coaching each of them in various sports. Sometimes he had three teams during the same season.  It was some of his most memorable times. During those years, he found time to be on the St. Isabella Parent Board and helped build the Baseball and Soccer Fields at St. Isabella’s. He also helped the Facilities Manager and continues to do so today on various projects for the church and school.  As his children attended High School and College, he focused on spending time working with Habitat for Humanity. Mike feels it has been a great way to give back to the community and get to know the people that will be living in the neighborhood.



An Arizona Native, Ashley moved to the Bay Area in 2015 with her family, and eventually settled in Marin County. Ashley worked in technology program management for 15 years before leaving the workforce recently to focus more on her young family and work in the community. She was drawn to the mission of Gilead House immediately, and feels the opportunities for changing and enhancing the lives of women and children through its programs are boundless. 


Ashley is an avid yogi, loves to cook, and explore parks, beaches, and nature throughout Marin with her husband and two extremely fun and energetic young kids. In addition to her work with Gilead House, Ashley is involved in programs that focus on getting kids outside, and exploring ways to enhance outdoor play spaces in underserved areas of Marin. 

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Debi comes to our board as the newest member, responsible for the latest Gilead House website redesign. She has been in the marketing field for over 20 years with experience ranging from Fortune 500 to Tech startups. Today, she leads Dandelion Design, a full-service marketing + social media consulting firm, serving clients in a variety of industries. Debi is passionate about ending modern-day slavery and reform in the criminal justice system. Nothing lights her up more than giving a voice to those without one and bringing joy where her God-provided talents lead.  

Debi has lived in the Bay Area her entire life so she tries to travel as often as possible to feel more connected with different cuisines and cultures. She strives to love 'everybody, always' - no matter how different or difficult they are. Oh, and her dream dinner guest would be Bob Goff of course. In her free time (pre-COVID), you can find Debi competitive eating at one of the four restaurants she co-owns, at a comedy club with friends, or binge-watching true crime docuseries. 

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